Hi Accented Family.
Yep, you read the title right, but it doesn’t sound as bad as it appears to be.
You see, about two months ago I decided to live in my car, because I needed to find a way to not think about the worry of rent and utilities all the time. I’d be working seasonal jobs which meant I could not sustain a steady income. I do have one “guaranteed” part time job that’s always a joy to work at. I’m a Personal Care Assistant for children with autism. So being single with that amount of a paycheck on hand is doable. However, it is not enough to live in an apartment with all other expenses to hold together. I’m always having to look for odd jobs which does not always come into fruition. I figured it would be best living in my car which is exiting to me. The idea came when I was fired from my last job of six years and in the same week my apartment lease came to an end. I realized that I had nowhere to go, but to sleep in my car for a while. I had no problem with it, because this would mean I would have time to apply for jobs and perhaps write a book of my experience while being in my car. By the way, my car got totalled in December of 2017 and had to buy this almost scrap yard quality 94 Toyota Corolla.
This time I am in a similar position with the exception of having that part time job which is awesome. There is another twist to all this. My license got revoked for failing to produce my car insurance to the officer who pulled me over. I figured it was no big deal as I only had to follow and obey orders to fix the situation. It turned out I did have a valid insurance, but it was still registered with my previous car that got totalled in December of 2017. I had forgotten to register it with my current car. I was then told to call my insurance company and have them send an updated insurance to the Department of Vehicle and Safety. It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, because I was told to either present my case to a judge which I did, but forgot to show up. Having ADHD is not really helpful in situations like these. So I decided to pay a $286 fine online. A week or so later, I got a letter saying that my license will be revoked because I did not show up for my hearing. I later found out it doesn’t mean if you pay your fine that they’d OK it.
So here I am. I’ve since bought a mountain bike to go to work which is an 11 mile ride, but last night after a two week stealth living in the Walmart parking lot, officer James Greggs left me a note saying I need to remove my car or else it will be towed away. Apparently you can only sleep in the parking lot for about two weeks or so before they tell you to leave. Of course I did not know this. So I decided to call officer Greggs to explain that I could not drive because of my revoked license. I ended up speaking to a different officer who told me that I could get someone to drive my car to a different location. I could only think of my friend who lives around the corner from Walmart, but he was already asleep. So I took matters into my own hands and drove all the way to my boss’ house. It was one of the most anxiety filled moments ever.
I finally made it to my boss and now my car is parked in their yard. It is the family who has the children with autism that I work for. They are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
So for the next couple of weeks I need to work on getting reinstated while living there. I will need to go back to Walmart to get my mountain bike, because it’s locked up by the bike rack next to the entrance.
There’s a few requirements I need to make before getting reinstated. So far I passed my written test license exam and paid a $30 reinstatement fee. I still have to have my current insurance signed by my insurance company and then only can I send it along with all other required documents to the DVS to get reinstated. The car I have is also dying, so that is an added worry, because I need it to “house” me. The left wheel bearings are done, the tie rods are failing and the serpentine belt is cracked. My plan was to have this car keep me through it all until I’d have enough money to buy a more reliable car. Unfortunately it didn’t pan out this way.
So with blog I’m hoping someone out there may be kind enough to support me if it’s within your means.
PS: I would like everyone to know that I love living in my car, because I have the freedom to not stress about rent and utilities. It’s just unfortunate that my license are revoked and my car is not stable enough to have me save money in time for a more reliable car.
Here’s the link to my page. Thank you for your support.